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During the week of Feb. 16, Pettisville FFA participated in National FFA Week.

There was a theme to wear certain clothing each day.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, the Pettisville FFA Alumni and Friends group paid for the ag class to have donuts during class, and the theme was flannel.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the FFA hosted a pancake breakfast for the staff, alumni and parents of members. The theme was camo.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, the FFA hosted a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Fair for fifth through eighth graders with about 15 ag table topics and what FFAers do in their time preparing for career skills.

There were nine different categories that were talked about. The theme was USA.

On Friday, Feb. 21, the themes were to wear FFA/ag company shirts and to bring a dollar to wear a hat. The money was donated to the Fulton County Radiothon.

The Animal and Plant Science class of sophomores won the prize for having the most participants for the week.

Feb. 20-22, the State FFA Evaluation was held. Matthew Rupp and Ava Hoylman had their State FFA Degree applications approved.

The American FFA Degree list included Elizibeth Beck, Gretchen Lee, Brandi Schnitkey, and Madeline Wixom. They were all approved at the state level and are being sent to the National FFA Evaluation.

Jessica McWatters is a state finalist in her Agriscience Research Animal Systems Proficiency. She is also a finalist for the Star Ohio Agriscience State Degree student and was to be interviewed on March 25. The interview is cancelled and results will be based on scores from the application.

Wixom is a state finalist in the Wildlife Management Proficiency.

McWatters and Wixom are to create a display board and be interviewed at the State FFA Convention.

Beck won the District 1 proficiency area of Diversified Livestock Production.

On Feb. 28, McWatters and Baden Skates went to Anthony Wayne High School and competed in the District FFA Agriscience Fair. McWatters placed first in Animal Systems. Skates placed second in Environmental Systems.

Pettisville also had three eighth grade teams compete with the option to apply for the Ohio FFA Agriscience Fair. Susan Ringler and Amanda Grimm placed second in Food Science.

Information about Pettisville students’ participation in the Northwest Ohio Regional Science and Engineering Fair and Ohio Academy of Science Northwest Ohio District Science Day was published in the March 18 edition of this newspaper.

On Feb. 25, a group of four seniors– A. Hoylman, Graeme Jacoby, McWatters and Rupp– competed in the Farm Business Management online exam. As a team, they placed 20th in the state and second in the district.

A. Hoylman placed second in the district. Rupp and McWatters placed fourth and fifth in the district, respectively.

Also on Feb. 25, the freshmen competed in the Greenhand Quiz. The top four scores make up the team score. The team consisted of Luke VanDenBerghe, Elise Hoylman, Peyton Murray, and Jonah Harmon.

The team placed 33rd in the state and fourth in the district. VanDenBerghe placed seventh in the district and E. Hoylman placed ninth.

On March 4, two Pettisville teams competed in Career Development Events (CDE). The Agricultural Mechanics team of Grace Schnitkey, Andrew Hulbert, and Blake Eyer placed seventh in the District.

The Vet Science team of A. Hoylman, Kearsten Zuver, Clara Damman, and Rupp placed third in the District. Rupp and A. Hoylman tied for fifth as individuals.

On March 9, Pettisville competed in four different CDEs. The Agronomy team of McWatters, G. Schnitkey, Hulbert, and Gonzalo Pajares placed second in the District. G. Schnitkey placed first and McWatters placed third as individuals.

The equine team of Damman and K. Zuver placed ninth in the District; Damman placed 10th as an individual.

The General Livestock team of A. Hoylman, Brett Coopshaw, Jacoby, and Jaton Zuver placed 14th in the District. A. Hoylman led the team, placing 23rd as an individual.

The wildlife team of Rupp, Carson Bennett, Clark Bartoe Jr., and VanDenBerghe placed fourth in the District. Rupp was Pettisville’s high individual, placing seventh in the District.

Competitions ended on March 10 with the Vet Science team placing 21st in the state on the online testing and all four team members placing in the top 150, which is a qualifier for going on to the state hands-on competition. A. Hoylman, Rupp, Damman and K. Zuver were the team members.–Andrew Hulbert, reporter